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During Thursday’s Pocatello City Council Study Session, City staff updated the Council on the progress being made with the Portneuf River Vision Study. Now, officials are asking for your input.
The Council was briefed on the goals of the vision study, as well as the identified challenges and opportunities for the river, by Science and Environment Division Manager Hannah Sanger. Sanger also provided Council members with a history of the Portneuf stretching back from the 1800s to today. The study seeks to answer the questions of how to restore the river and enhance the tourism, economic development, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and other quality of life benefits that the Portneuf River provides.
“The Portneuf River can be a wonderful asset to this community,” said Sanger. “We’d like to know what is important to Pocatello residents in terms of activities, look, and overall direction the community would like to see as we manage this resource.”
Residents are being asked to go to river.pocatello.us/comment and answer a short survey to let officials know what they like and don’t like about river restoration efforts in other communities. Officials are also asking residents to provide their own feedback on the future of the Portneuf River.
If residents would like to provide their feedback in person, they are invited to attend a community open house to be held Tuesday, February 9 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pocatello Community Charter School. Other community meetings will be held throughout the year. Officials will take all the online and in person comments and the working group will create a draft version of the study. The draft should be available by early summer. The finalized version of the study will be presented to the Pocatello City Council for adoption later this year.
For more information on the Portneuf River Vision Study, visit river.pocatello.us.
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